The Leader's Ledger

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While House Republicans have shown willingness to reach common ground and work with the President and his party, Congressional Democrats seem to have gone sour on the White House. Senate Majority Leader Reid reportedly has a cold relationship with the President's Chief of Staff and Reid has put the President's jobs plan on the backburner, saying Senate has other priorities. As the White House continues to schedule campaign style events during Reid's delay, Democrats on both sides of the Capitol are rejecting the new spending in the President's plan and the laundry list of tax increases to pay for it. It's looking more and more like slightly organized chaos. Couple that with House Democrats now hotly criticizing the Administration for ignoring the mortgage crisis that affects homeowners throughout the country. At a time when Washington needs to be working together to produce results, the President can't even seem to get his own team on his team.

Today In History: In 1620, the Mayflower sails from Plymouth, England, bound for the New World with 102 passengers. The ship was headed for Virginia, where the colonists--half religious dissenters and half entrepreneurs--had been authorized to settle by the British crown. However, stormy weather and navigational errors forced the Mayflower off course, and on November 21 the "Pilgrims" reached Massachusetts, where they founded the first permanent European settlement in New England in late December.

Birthdays: Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, Alexis Bledel, NBC’s Richard Engel, Amy Poehler, Travis Wall, Mickey Rourke, and B.B. King

Here is what’s in today’s Ledger ...

State Of Play: Democrats Continue To Line Up In Opposition To The President’s Plan

Senate Majority Leader Reid Personally Calls President Obama To Complain About Being Kept Out Of The Loop. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is reportedly so miffed at being kept out of the loop by Daley that he personally called Obama to complain, according to a person briefed on the exchange. ... Ealier this month, Daley dropped into Reid’s office to press for passage of free trade agreements with Colombia and South Korea. The issue is a central one for Daley, a former J.P. MorganChase executive who was hired, in part, to improve the administration’s abysmal relationship with business leaders. The chat was uncomfortable, according to a person familiar with the exchange. Apparently Daley didn’t consider — or didn’t care — that Reid has been largely antagonistic to free trade agreement during his four decades on the Hill. ... When it came time to brief Reid and other Democratic leaders, a mission that Daley was entrusted with, Sperling got on the phone instead. Reid was incensed that he had already briefed the White House press corps. Politico

  • Reid Puts President Obama’s Jobs Proposal On The Back Burner As Democrats’ Opposition To The Bill Mounts. Beyond that, the Senate’s Democratic leader isn’t rushing to bring Obama’s proposal to the floor ... some rank-and-file Democrats have complained about the tax increases in the bill. Obama proposes paying for the measure with a cap on some deductions and exclusions for high-income taxpayers, along with tax increases for private equity firms, oil and gas companies and corporate jet owners. Democrats and Republicans have objected to the cap on tax breaks, and the other revenue-raising proposals haven’t advanced in the past. Bloomberg

Senate Majority Whip Durbin Acknowledges Not All Democrats Are On Board With President Obama. Durbin acknowledged it would not be smooth sailing to passage, even when it came to gathering support among Democrats. He said some senators were concerned about how the government would pay for it, particularly if it came to eliminating the oil subsidy. “We’re not going to get 100 percent of our caucus,” he said. The New York Times

Moderate and Liberal Democrats Raise Concerns Over The President’s Plan. A mix of moderate and liberal Democrats also are voicing concerns about the plan's size and its emphasis on cutting some taxes and increasing others. ... Although Obama has focused so far on school and highway repairs and aid to small businesses, opposition is growing to other pieces of the plan from moderate Democrats. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia questioned the level and effectiveness of spending. Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia opposed raising income taxes on upper-income Americans to pay for it, while Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana said taxing oil and gas companies was unfair. Even lawmakers who usually support the president voiced reservations. Sen. Robert Casey of Pennsylvania said the plan should be dismantled and passed in pieces, while Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware said the best way to create jobs would be to cut the deficit ... USA Today

  • Senator Feinstein Remains Skeptical The President’s Plan Will Put Americans Back To Work. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, said she won’t vote for the it unless she’s convinced it will help employment in her economically hard-hit state. “We have the highest unemployment. We have the most people. We have the biggest problems in terms of state and local cuts. So, I need some specificity,” she said. CNN
  • Senator Casey: President Obama’s Strategy For His Jobs Bill Won’t Work. Pennsylvania’s senior Democratic official is breaking away from President Obama when it comes to his jobs bill. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey says the president’s legislative strategy won’t work. ... “I’m afraid if we tried to pass one big bill, I think there’s a lot of skepticism about big pieces of legislation with all kinds of different component parts. We should break this up.” ... Casey says given the politics, the only way a Republican House and Democratic Senate will enact any jobs legislation is a different strategy that allows all ideas to be considered separately. ... “Why not have a series of votes on job creation strategies – five votes, 10 votes, I don’t care if it’s 25 votes.” ... Casey says he doesn’t support everything in the president’s bill ... KDKA

Dem Governors Skittish On President Obama’s Proposal. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, who holds a comfortable double-digit lead before his November election, has offered qualified support for the plan and North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue toured a manufacturing plant with the president before he pitched his plan in her state. But neither has been particularly forceful, nor were they included in the original round of statements sent out by the DGA. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, who takes pains to avoid any taint of Washington, and West Virginia Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin haven't weighed in at all. Politico

State Of Play (2): House Dems Blast The Administration’s Failure To Address The Housing Crisis

Major Fissure: Dems Declare President Obama AWOL On Housing Crisis. Leading House Democrats are accusing the Obama administration of ignoring the lingering mortgage crisis and threatening tens-of-millions of Americans with foreclosure in the process. The lawmakers – encouraged by Obama's mention of mortgage-relief in his address to Congress last week – were quickly deflated just days later when their efforts to learn the details of the White House plan proved unsuccessful. "The administration has been AWOL on this issue," charged Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif.), "and the American people are suffering because of the mismanagement." "In my entire political career, I've never seen anything this irresponsible," he added. ... Cardoza said there's a growing sense the administration is stone-walling. "They're giving us the same speech they'd given us months before," he said. "We've seen this dog-and-pony show before. It's nothing new. … That's the frustration.” ... "It doesn't seem like they get it, and they don't get it in this sense: Everything they've tried so far has not worked," Rep. Jim Costa (Calif.) said Thursday. "I'm not convinced that you can tweak this effort … and make it successful." The Hill

  • Rep Cardoza: President Obama’s Programs Have Been “Abysmal Failures.” "I couldn't wait to get Obama in office because I was sure a Democrat would do a better job," Cardoza said, referring to the foreclosure-relief efforts under the Bush administration. "And, frankly, nothing's happened. The programs that were put in place were abysmal failures." The Hill

Pro-Growth: Instead Of Promoting Growth, President Obama Has Put Forward A Proposal That Calls For Higher Taxes On Job Creators

Donohue: President Obama Wants To Raise Taxes On The Very People Most Capable Of Creating Jobs – That Doesn’t Make Sense. While the jobs plan President Obama proposed last week contains some ideas that American business supports, it falls short. It focuses too much on government spending and temporary tax breaks and too little on the trade, energy, tax, regulatory and entitlement reforms that will jolt our economy and job market back to life. ... And this week we have learned that the administration won't cut one dime of spending to offset the $447 billion cost of the jobs bill. Instead, successful small businesses, productive industries and those Americans most capable of investing in growth will foot the bill through major tax increases. Any jobs that might have been supported by other measures in the plan would be more than wiped out by these tax hikes. This doesn't make economic sense. The Wall Street Journal

  • The White House Needs To Focus On Regulations. And while the administration has recently taken some steps to rein in regulations, it does not fully appreciate the negative impact that its new regulatory rulemakings—in health care, labor, capital markets and environmental policy—are having on business confidence, expansion and jobs. The Wall Street Journal

Keeping Tabs

Does The Obama Administration Have Doubts About The Effectiveness Of Their Own Plan? WH Refuses To Use The Phrase “Create Jobs,” Claim The Plan Will “Support Jobs”. President Barack Obama has had a lot to say in recent days about his new jobs package, though he's tough to pin down on one important fact: the number of jobs it will create. ... "We just don't do official job estimates," Jack Lew, Mr. Obama's budget director, said this week. Mr. Obama's jobs plan, he emphasized, will have a positive impact on GDP and job growth. But the White House is promoting job-creation figures in state-by-state "factsheets." A review of the state-by-state data shows the White House anticipates Mr. Obama's plan would generate at least 1.7 million jobs. ... A senior Obama administration official said it is misleading to add all of the figures in the state-by-state factsheets because the proposals generate different types of jobs that aren't comparable. The White House also doesn't say the proposals would "create" jobs, noting instead his plan would "support" jobs. ... Mr. Obama's jobs plan could create or "support," as the White House factsheet says, more jobs but it is unclear how many. The factsheets only estimate the jobs that could be generated from certain proposals, not the entire plan. The Wall Street Journal

Senate Side - Schumer Admits Senate Democrats Aren’t Focused On Jobs. Schumer promised that once the senate gets back from its recess in October and for the next several months, “we’ll be focused on jobs.” CNN

Off The Beaten Path

Reason # 12,537 Why Not To Call 911 'Taco Bell Won't Serve Me Tacos!' – Bay News 9

Playing Angry Birds At Work Costs Employers $1.5 Billion – The Toronto Star

New Species Of Dolphin Discovered – BBC

GOP Health Care Reforms